Sunday, December 28, 2014

It's Zablocki by a mile at the Jacksonville Bank Marathon

Connecticut athlete Chris Zablocki likes to come south for winter marathons. For example, in 2013 the former Dartmouth trackman was in Florida winning the 39th annual Tallahassee Marathon, and a month later was in Georgia placing second in the Albany Marathon. Who can blame him? New England winters are, well, New England winters. What we call "winter" in Florida and Georgia may be inconvenient and it can be uncomfortable, but it won't kill you. So it was no surprise to find Zablocki in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday morning, 28 December 2014, where he cruised to a 2:27:41 win in the 32nd annual Jacksonville Bank Marathon.


The Marathon and the associated Jacksonville Bank Half Marathon and 5K each started from Bolles School at 7:00 AM. Once the half marathoners had turned off to make their return to Bolles and the finish line, it was clear that Jacksonville's Justin Jacobs was leading the long run, with Chris Zablocki holding second place. Jacobs ran an optimistic pace of just over 5:30 per mile for the first half of the race, opening a gap of over a minute on Zablocki. But Zablocki came back. At the halfway mark Zablocki pulled overtook Jacobs. The runner from Connecticut owned the second half of the race, as Zablocki left Jacobs far behind. By the time Zablocki reached the finish line on the Bolles School track, he was nearly a mile ahead of Jacobs, winning the Marthon in 2:27:41. Jacobs took second in 2:33:29.


Dutch distance runner Mariska Kramer finished third overall for the second year in a row. Her 2:46:10 wasn't quite as fast as the 2:45:35 she had run in the rainy 2013 race, but it was good enough to net her a second straight Jacksonville Marathon women's title.  Kramer was also the fastest master runner in the marathon, having just turned 40 in 2014.


Jack Westrick of Dunwoody, Georgia, was the top male master in the 2014 Jacksonville Marathon, placing fourth overall in 2:48:43.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Jacksonville Bank Marathon
  1. 2:27:41 ~ Christopher Zablocki (M, 26) Essex, CT
  2. 2:33:29 ~ Justin Jacobs (M, 31) Jacksonville, FL
  3. 2:48:43 ~ Jack Westrick (M, 44) Dunwoody, GA
  4. 2:49:54 ~ Corey Peyerk (M, 31) Sarasota, FL
  5. 2:52:52 ~ James Sullivan (M, 29) Chelmsford, MA
  6. 2:54:27 ~ Andrew Borst (M, 43) Indianapolis, IN
  7. 2:54:38 ~ Patrick Hrabos (M, 29) Sarasota, FL
  8. 2:54:41 ~ Timothy Koehler (M, 34) Albuquerque, NM
  9. 2:55:45 ~ Keith Browning (M, 43) Bolingbrook, IL
  10. 2:56:24 ~ Jeff Lynch (M, 39) Raleigh, NC

Top Ten Women, 2014 Jacksonville Bank Marathon
  1. 2:46:10 ~ Mariska Kramer (F, 40)
  2. 3:05:26 ~ Laura Peel Roberts (F, 39) Saint Simons, GA
  3. 3:13:45 ~ Tara Harris (F, 36) Marietta, GA
  4. 3:16:27 ~ Karen Stellhorn (F, 48) St Johns, FL
  5. 3:20:00 ~ Joan Klostreich (F, 42) Palm City, FL
  6. 3:22:50 ~ Shannon Revels (F, 29) Jacksonville, FL
  7. 3:23:41 ~ Dina Viselli (F, 29) Melbourne, FL
  8. 3:24:12 ~ Sarah Norko (F, 37) Grand Blanc, MI
  9. 3:24:38 ~ Christy Odeen (F, 43) Indianapolis, IN
  10. 3:27:32 ~ Amy Murphy (F, 42) Acworth, GA

699 runners finished the marathon, but 1277 completed the concurrent half marathon. 2013 winner Chris Mutai aimed to once again be the fastest in the shorter race, but he was outrun by Jaiden Brandt of Lynchburg, Virginia. The previous year Brandt had finished his career as a cross-country runner at Georgia Regents University, where he had distinguished himself by never winning a cross-country race. The Jacksonville Bank Half Marathon isn't a cross-country race, though, and Brandt won in 70:09. Defending champ Mutai was second in 70:37, while Mike Hensley of Gainesville, Florida, was third in 71:55. Hector Santos of Puerto Rico was the fastest master runner in the half marathon, taking fourth overall in 74:33. Master runner Lyubov Denisova edged Orlando's Heather Schulz for the women's title, 81:02 to 81:24. Denisova and Schulz were 14th and 15th overall.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Jacksonville Bank Half Marathon
  1. 1:10:09 / 1:10:06 ~ Jaiden Brandt (M, 23) Lynchburg, VA
  2. 1:10:37 / 1:10:36 ~ Chris Mutai (M, 38) Ponte Vedra, FL
  3. 1:11:55 / 1:11:54 ~ Mike Hensley (M, 29) Gainesville, FL
  4. 1:14:33 / 1:13:13 ~ Hector Santos (M, 43) Dorado, PR
  5. 1:15:01 / 1:15:01 ~ Leonel Ayala (M, 22) Doraville, GA
  6. 1:17:53 / 1:17:49 ~ Albert Brannen (M, 23) Jacksonville, FL
  7. 1:18:03 / 1:18:03 ~ Andrew Merrill (M, 21) Starke, FL
  8. 1:18:03 / 1:18:01 ~ Atlee Lambright (M, 32) Topeka, IN
  9. 1:18:36 / 1:18:34 ~ John Metzgar (M, 52) Fleming Island, FL
  10. 1:19:00 / 1:18:58 ~ David Kerschner (M, 28) Oakland, ME

Top Ten Women, 2014 Jacksonville Bank Half-Marathon
  1. 1:21:02 / 1:21:02 ~ Lyubov Denisova (F, 43) Gainesville, FL
  2. 1:21:24 / 1:21:23 ~ Heather Schulz (F, 40) Orlando, FL
  3. 1:21:52 / 1:21:50 ~ Shannon Miller (F, 30) Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  4. 1:24:01 / 1:23:52 ~ Christie Wilamowski (F, 44) Jacksonville, FL
  5. 1:24:55 / 1:24:53 ~ Anne Elise Creamer (F, 24) Gainesville, FL
  6. 1:26:17 / 1:26:16 ~ Michelle Krueger (F, 39) Jacksonville, FL
  7. 1:27:29 / 1:27:21 ~ Hannah Jennings (F, 37) Orlando, FL
  8. 1:28:21 / 1:28:18 ~ Jamie Joseph (F, 36) Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  9. 1:29:14 / 1:29:13 ~ Anna Hayden (F, 17) Atlanta, GA
  10. 1:29:46 / 1:29:43 ~ Ulrike Mayer-Tancic (F, 49) Krailling, DEU


Jacksonville Marathon winners, 1984-2014
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
7 Jan 1984Marathon2:17:41, David Miller2:47:21, Madeline Harmeling
½-Marathon

5 Jan 1985Marathon2:16:58, Doug Kurtis2:46:17, Connie Saunders-Prince
½-Marathon

4 Jan 1986Marathon2:15:58, Mark Sheehan2:50:12, Connie Saunders-Prince
½-Marathon
17 Jan 1987Marathon2:17:05, Herb Wills2:45:29, Diane East
½-Marathon
9 Jan 1988Marathon2:18:24, Herb Wills2:46:16, Linda vanHousen
½-Marathon
7 Jan 1989Marathon2:18:33, Herb Wills2:54:55, Carol Virga780
½-Marathon
20 Jan 1990Marathon2:29:45, Bill Fisher2:55:22, Marie Farrar
½-Marathon
20 Jan 1991Marathon2:26:18, Peter Glavin2:57:30, Marie Farrar
½-Marathon
11 Jan 1992Marathon2:14:33, Jerry Lawson2:56:15, Rushton Haskell
½-Marathon
9 Jan 1993Marathon2:25:31, Alec Rukosuev, Sean McCormack3:04:36, Mary Whitlock
½-Marathon
18 Dec 1993Marathon2:28:26, Sean McCormack2:56:28, Denise Metzgar
½-Marathon
17 Dec 1994Marathon2:27:56, Matthew Dobson3:02:38, Renee Rombaut
½-Marathon
16 Dec 1995Marathon2:19:30, Nazerdin Akylbekov2:54:37, Giselle Pyfrom
½-Marathon
14 Dec 1996Marathon2:26:35, Grzegorz Olszowik2:53:51, Jane Johnson485
½-Marathon67:59, Jerry Lawson87:28, Tracey Kuhn325
20 Dec 1997Marathon2:30:58, Randy Hollinger2:54:46, Jane Johnson564
½-Marathon71:18, Gary Myers95:32, Mary-Jean Yon417
19 Dec 1998Marathon2:24:29, Guennadi Vorontsor2:40:00, Elena Vinistskaia723
½-Marathon70:50, Mark Vanalstyne82:42, Christy Phillips514
18 Dec 1999Marathon2:22:26, Serbessa Mulugeta2:55:06, Jackie Morgan846
½-Marathon70:17, Keith Brantly78:15, Michelle Lafleur582
16 Dec 2000Marathon2:37:08, Scott Kane3:06:06, Stacey Bartos683
½-Marathon68:14, Joseph Zepherinus78:11, Kim Pawelek607
15 Dec 2001Marathon2:37:35, Rick Patterson, Jerry Lawson3:01:19, Kim Donaldson695
½-Marathon74:53, Matthew Cianciulli87:18, Suzanne O'Malley652
15 Dec 2002Marathon2:23:56, Jerry Lawson2:57:12, Carla Dolder764
½-Marathon73:20, Ryan Kelly80:27, Julie Peterson618
14 Dec 2003Marathon2:22:20, Alexander Belavin2:43:11, Kim Pawelek803
½-Marathon71:21, Terrance Shea81:47, Jenny Ledford671
19 Dec 2004Marathon2:37:10, Sean McCormack3:08:38, Lisa Ogryzek851
½-Marathon76:16, Owen Shott82:59, Kim Pawelek767
18 Dec 2005Marathon2:27:35, Henry Ongechi2:55:48, Jessica Kennedy832
½-Marathon69:46, Chris Banks85:52, Jaydene Reardon727
17 Dec 2006Marathon2:30:07, Jonathan Kraas2:56:07, Kim Pawelek905
½-Marathon68:52, Fred Kieser83:25, Michelle Krueger1196
16 Dec 2007Marathon2:29:02, Sammy Nyamongo3:00:53, Sharon Hathaway807
½-Marathon72:14, Michael Hensley80:07, Michelle Lafleur1300
21 Dec 2008Marathon2:29:11, Austin Richmond2:55:37, Kim Pawelek657
½-Marathon71:48, Stuart Patterson80:08, Kate Koski1112
20 Dec 2009Marathon2:30:13, Justin Jacobs2:59:09, Kristi Arledge752
½-Marathon71:38, Trevor Beesley84:41, Shannon Miller1219
19 Dec 2010Marathon2:29:17, Justin Gillette2:41:30, Kim Pawelek874
½-Marathon64:19, Neil McDonagh77:32, Karen Harvey1401
18 Dec 2011Marathon2:31:47, Scott Mackley2:45:24, Shannon Miller828
½-Marathon66:55, David Jankowski74:04, Alissa McKaig1324
20 Dec 2012Marathon2:23:50, Austin Richmond2:43:23, Maria Korobitskaia1034
½-Marathon69:11, Bret Fransen75:37, Alissa McKaig1301
29 Dec 2013Marathon2:34:13, Nicholas Maedel2:45:35, Mariska Kramer869
½-Marathon73:26, Chris Mutai83:16, Donna Bernardis1428
28 Dec 2014Marathon2:27:41, Christopher Zablocki2:46:10, Mariska Kramer699
½-Marathon70:09, Jaiden Brandt81:02, Lyubov Denisova1277


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